Thanksgiving: Some Remarks on Turkeys and Their Day
This book came about strangely with my visit to Mt. Auburn Cemetery as I came to choose my final resting place amongst the creme de la creme of New England society, including Mary Baker Eddy, Senator Charles Sumner, Buckminster Fuller, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Winslow Homer, and both Senators Henry Cabot Lodge, father and son; along with a galaxy of other "stars" of Americana.
As I had walked about I saw the turkeys. You may not know this, but there are more turkeys in existence today in North America than at the time of the Pilgrim's first feast. And because they are a most thoughtful, careful bird, which remembers its bloody and bitter history, they have designated a constantly growing number of reconnaissance parties to get the lay of the land once theirs with an object to regain everything and even more they lost to the swindling, deceitful marauders.
This time when they wattle to each other, will be different than before. They like other great American rulers such as Montezuma of the mighty Aztecs and Atahualpa of the cloud inhabiting Incas, the turkeys trusted... welcomed... helping their adversaries’ right up to the moment when these conquistadors revealed themselves and their true colors.
The Aztecs... the Incas... and the turkeys far outnumbered their clever opponents, but they labored under the terrible burden to provide kindness and hospitality and of crippling legends that commanded them to allow their guests to enter, greeting them with open arms and the golden keys to the seemingly limitless treasuries. They had been generous, and they were gullible.
Introducing Squawk and the Young Turks who are fomenting revolution, and in no better place than Cambridge and Harvard College, places which were so prominent in our own revolution of 1776. My tale of Squawk is a classic now and is included in chapter 1 plus two other timely turkey tales in the following chapters.
Thanksgiving as we know is a time for acknowledging the bounties given to us during the last year and offering Almighty God a hearty "Amen". I, however, have given this yearly tradition an update. I believe you will find my unique approach quite useful and entirely liberating. See for yourself.